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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4264

Mr BEAZLEY —My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister confirm reports that the government is proposing to give a $1 billion tax concession to help business meet the up-front cost of introducing a GST? Will he confirm that that concession is only a small proportion of the nearly $7 billion in start-up costs that has been estimated by the National Tax and Accountants Association? Prime Minister, why are you imposing this compliance nightmare on small business at the same time that they will be wrestling with the year 2000 millennium computer bug?

Mr Tuckey —That is rubbish, and you know it!

Mr SPEAKER —The member for O'Connor will remain silent.

Mr BEAZLEY —Prime Minister, will the GST not be the Howard 2000 bug for one million small businesses?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —The report to which the Leader of the Opposition referred was empty speculation, and I have nothing more to say.

Opposition members interjecting

Mr SPEAKER —Members of the opposition will remain silent—the member for Hotham, the member for Cunningham.